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Media Release – 2 February 2024 – Boorowa Boil Water Alert Update

Feb 3, 2024

For Immediate Release Friday 2 February 2024
Authorised by Anthony O’Reilly

During a severe weather event in the catchment, the Boorowa Water Treatment plant received significant sediment from the river in a short time frame. This sediment significantly impacted the operation of the plant resulting in water of poor quality.

Due to the age of the plant and the original design the plant is taking a significant amount of time to recover from this event. Council staff are working to monitor and rectify the situation in close consultation with NSW Health and the Department of Climate Change, Environment, Energy and Water. The age and design of the plant makes it difficult to achieve water of suitable quality that meets the requirements of the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines (the Guidelines).

Minor upgrades to the plant are being undertaken to address inefficiencies and achieve the quality targets for filter and chlorine disinfection performance. These target values are taken from the Guidelines. They indicate that the filters and disinfection are working effectively to manage risks from the catchment that feeds the treatment plant.

Council appreciates the frustration this is causing residents and apologises for the inconvenience. The health of the public is the highest priority of both Council and NSW Health. As such, the boil water alert will be in place until the quality targets can be met.

Mayor Margaret Roles shared “I assure the community of Boorowa that everything possible is being done to restore safe drinking water and I thank Council staff who have worked around the clock since the problem was identified”.


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